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Which road will you take?

“The road to vice is smooth and can be travelled without sweating, because it is very short; but ‘as the price of virtue’, [Hesiod] says, ‘The gods have imposed the sweat of our brows And long and steep is the ascent that you have to make And rough at first, but when you get to the top Then the rugged…More

The real cost of wickedness

“You see, practically no one takes into account the greatest ‘judgment,’ as it is called, on wrongdoing. This is to grow to resemble men who are evil, and as the resemblance increases, to shun good men and their wholesome conversation and to cut oneself off from them, while seeking to attack oneself to the other kind and keep their company.”…More

Give me books

“You may perhaps be brought to acknowledge that is is very worthwhile to be tormented for two or three years of one’s life, for the sake of being able to read all the rest of it.” Jane AustenMore

An obscurity of both sin and ignorance

“Above all it is thus that we can acquire the virtue of humility, and that is a far more precious treasure than all academic progress. From this point of view it is perhaps even more useful to contemplate our stupidity than our sin. Consciousness of sin gives us the feeling that we are evil, and a kind of pride sometimes…More

Failure is the best teacher

“The second condition is to take great pains to examine squarely and to contemplate attentively and slowly each school task in which we have failed, seeing how unpleasing and second rate it is, without seeking any excuse or overlooking any mistake or any of our tutor’s corrections, trying to get down to the origin of each fault.” Simone Weil, Reflections…More

What do you really want?

Most people define freedom as the power to do whatever they desire, yet a quick survey of classical authors reveals nothing could be further from the truth. The utmost freedom of this sort turns out to be the worst form of slavery. If we do not desire rightly, getting what we want is hell. You can find my latest essay…More

Faith is the essence things hoped for

“If we do not regulate our conduct by it before having proved it, if we do not hold on to it for a long time by faith alone, a faith at first stormy and without light, we shall never transform it into certainty. Faith is the indispensable condition.” Simone Weil, Reflections on the Right Use of School Studies with a…More

Key to studies

“The key to a Christian conception of studies is the realization that prayer consists of attention. It is the orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God. The quality of the attention counts for much in the quality of the prayer. Warmth of heart cannot make up for it.” Simone Weil, Reflections on the Right…More

“Be creative,” they said

“A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors” Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in FranceMore

Why Study Latin?

“Latin is a language As dead as dead can be. It killed the ancient Romans And now it’s killing me.” This is a common reaction to Latin. Why study a “dead” language? Classical schools are trying to resurrect a 1000-year-old corpse. No one speaks Latin, so it is obviously a waste of time. Latin doesn’t allow communication with any modern culture, and it…More

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